Farmers are into the home stretch with the harvest.
Alberta's Ag Fieldman with Vulcan County, Kelly Malmberg says they managed to miss the near-freezing temperatures a week or so ago and that's helped.
"I'd say most of the barley, most of the early crops are off, peas are off. There's a fair bit of wheat off as well, and most guys are just starting to get into the canola and finishing off the wheat. so we're on the home stretch. I'd say a good week of weather and there won't be much left."
He says cereal crops like malt barley and wheat are coming in as high quality because it's been so dry.
"You know the big thing on quality is obviously cereal crops like malt barley and wheat. I think a lot of stuff is coming off as Number 1 wheat, I think most of its weighing up. I'm not sure on the protein levels but due to the lack of moisture during harvest, quality is going to be really good."
He says generally it's dry and if the smoke would clear out, another seven to ten days and there wouldn't be many crops left.
Ashan Shooshtarian says last week's Crop Report for Alberta shows about 61 per cent of all crops across the province are still standing, 17 per cent swathed and 22 per cent harvested. More than 90 per cent of fall-seeded crops, nearly one-third of barley and more than two-thirds of dry peas across the province are now in the bin.
Alberta Agriculture's latest crop report is available here.
Meantime in Saskatchewan, this week's crop report shows 62 per cent of the crop has been combined, up from 43 per cent last week with an additional 27 per cent of the crop swathed or ready to straight-cut.
Harvest is most advanced in the southwest region, where 90 per cent of the crop is in the bin. The southeast has 77 per cent combined, the west-central 61 per cent, the east-central 51 per cent, the northeast 33 per cent and the northwest 18 per cent.
Cory Jacob is Saskatchewan's Oilseed Specialist and says this year's Canola crop is mixed in the Province.
"Definitely hearing some yields, that are disappointing, to be honest, kind of that other side of average that you do see. Then some crops, there're some yields with Canola that have been fantastic. The north part of the province is just getting into harvest now, so it'll be interesting to hear what kind of numbers come out of there, cause that's kind of our traditional Canola belt."
The recent Crop Report numbers for Canola yields show a range of 29 bushels an acre in the Southwest to 39 in the Northeast.
He notes key issues for the crop centred around whether you got the rains and heat when you needed it, and of course the damage from frost.
Mitchell Japp, Saskatchewan's Cereal Specialist says the cereal harvest is coming in fairly good condition.
"It sounds like reasonable yields on average. Not maybe some of the record-breaking years we've seen in the last few. There's certainly going to be some really good crops out there and some that will have suffered a little bit more, with some of the stretches of hot and dry we had particularly in the later part of the summer."
The Executive Director for Sask Pulse, Carl Potts says most of the Pea and Lentil harvest is completed. Chickpeas are underway with the Fababean and Soybean harvest still to come.
"Overall, I think yields will be average or a bit above average for the major pulse crops on Peas and Lentils. It remains to be seen what the impact of frost will be on crops like Soybeans that have not been fully mature, and some Fababeans in some areas as well."
This week's crop report from Saskatchewan Agriculture shows Durum grades are estimated as 55 per cent 1 CW, 33 per cent 2 CW, nine per cent 3 CW and three per cent 4 CW and 5 CW. Pea grades are estimated as 38 per cent 1 CAN, 56 per cent 2 CAN and six per cent 3 CAN. Lentil grades are estimated to be 35 per cent 1 CAN, 58 per cent 2 CAN, six per cent 3 CAN and one per cent sample grade.
Saskatchewan Agriculture's Weekly Crop Report is available here.